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By Bernadette Fuhrmann on Monday Mar 22 2010

As the curtain began to part in constructing the stage for the 2010 Winter Olympics, much of Vancouver began to experience a monumental economic transformation while the Downtown Eastside remained a harsh reality of the city’s social and urban poverty crisis. The significant governmental efforts that had been made to provide temporary shelters for those living on the streets, unfortunately, did not furnish a long-term solution to the swelling homelessness crises.

By Contributor on Sunday Mar 21 2010

A new project focused on food security for seniors starts this season - the Senior Boundary Growers is a way for the elders of the Boundary communities to help preserve valuable agricultural heritage. With funding from New Horizons for Seniors program under the federal government; the Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agricultural Society is partnering with local groups to encourage seniors to share their knowledge and abilities within their communities.

By Contributor on Friday Mar 19 2010

The Nursing program at Selkirk College has partnered with Interior Health to promote wellness in the workplace. Over the last few months, first and third year Nursing students and the Interior Health’s Chronic Disease Management Department have collaborated their efforts to empower employees of organizations to get healthy by holding on-site “Hearts at Work” fairs. 

By Contributor on Friday Mar 19 2010

This year, Kootenay Permaculture, in cooperation with Selkirk College, is offering a 72 hour Permaculture Design Course in a six weekend (12 day) format. The course will start on April 3 and run for three weekends in April and three weekends in May. It will be offered at the Silver King Campus in Nelson.

The goal of the course is to help initiate more permaculture projects in Nelson and the region. During the six weekend course the participants will work on a permaculture design for a property in Nelson. Some other hands-on activities are also planned during the course.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Mar 18 2010

Warm and dry winter months of January and February are causing environmental watchdogs concern over potential water supply problems for watersheds in the Kettle basin and the West Kootenays. Although this means there won’t be any flooding, drought problems which may be even worse than the 2009 conditions that resulted in very low river levels, reduced lake, reservoir, and groundwater storage, are expected and that has the water stewards of the area concerned for fish habitat and water quality.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Mar 18 2010

You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar – but rip its wings off, and it'll have to eat anything you feed it.

That perspective isn't entirely incorrect, I suppose, but it's not a very appealing way of doing business ... especially if you're the fly.

Unfortunately, angry, adversarial methods seem to be evolving as the norm these days, at every level of politics. The place such tactics are most jarring, for me, is at the municipal level.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Mar 18 2010

In a sensitive case that has discrimination based on sexual orientation up against the right to religious freedom; the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal rejected Grand Forks respondents Les and Susan Molnar’s request for dismissal last week. According to the complainants, Shaun Eadie and Brian Thomas, the Molnars refused them a room at their bed and breakfast home in June, 2009. On Mar. 3, the Tribunal heard Molnars’ application for dismissal of the complaint.

By Rob Leggett on Wednesday Mar 17 2010

  We are very fortunate to live in a culturally diverse nation, and for the most part, Canadians cling to the multiculturalist ideal.

It is understandable that there needs to be restrictions on the accommodation of religious and cultural minorities, such as the prohibition of female genital mutilation and child marriage, but in the case of Naema Ahmed, it is not about accommodation at all – it’s about the limits of tolerance.

By Contributor on Monday Mar 15 2010

A little taste of history continues to be harvested annually at Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus through the work and dedication of a small group of aging members of the Selkirk Vintners. The Company has been growing grapes at the campus and producing wine for over 35 years. However, things may start to ‘wilt’ if more members are not recruited to help continue this longstanding tradition.

By Harvey Oberfeld on Wednesday Mar 10 2010

Think about it.  If you could walk away with more than $32 million and only have to spend 36 months of your life in a federal prison (maybe even minimum security farm), would you do it? That’s almost a take of a million dollars a month … former investment adviser and convicted multiple fraudster Ian Thow has been alleged to have done pretty close to that

Thow pleaded guilty Monday to 20 counts of fraud, involving $8 Million bilked from trusting clients. But news reports have alleged he owed about $32 million to clients when he fled to the U.S. in 2005. He was captured in 2009.